Business intelligence software programs refer to computer-based applications and tools that are used to translate raw business data into meaningful, and thus more useful, information for business analysis goals. Such a software application can handle large amounts of unstructured, unrefined business data to help businesses to spot, grow, and even create new business opportunities and plans. Broadly observed, business intelligence software contains three key sets of operations: data discovery, data management, and reporting, and it is expected to contain a large suite of metrics, evaluation features, and analytical capacities. The software can either be a separate solution, or can be integrated in multi-operational project management software.
Infrastructure plays a big role in a SaaS system. If there is downtime, you would not be able to access the platform. So, you should pay good attention to the program’s infrastructure when evaluating SaaS providers.
Many companies fail to ask their shortlisted SaaS vendors questions about disaster recovery, service level agreements (SLAs), and security. These are crucial infrastructure features that need careful consideration when evaluating a provider.
SaaS is straightforward to subscribe to. All you need to do is go the website and buy a suitable package for the required number of users. For this reason, many firms pay attention only to the cost of the system and not to infrastructure considerations. They may also think that thorough evaluation is not needed since it is so easy to get started quickly.
But you need to be ready for situations as such as the SaaS provider going out of business or their website going down. You need to have contingency processes in place to combat these situations to ensure they do not have a harmful impact on your organization. It is easy to subscribe to a SaaS system, but think about the impact on your company if the program is withdrawn by the vendor.
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Main Functionality – rates the software’s ability to meet its main promise or USP.
Customization - Rates the software’s customization tools that allow the business to match the software’s functions to the business’ specific processes and current needs. Tools to watch include: custom reports; custom fields; custom business processes; logo insertions; and color palette choice.
Collaboration Features – rates the software’s functionalities that allow team members to work together, share documents, ideas and best practices. Includes tools such as: communication platforms (IM chat, VoIP, email, social media, phone); real-time features; attachment and association capabilities; and automatic task and contact associations.
Integration – rates the ability of the software to assimilate third-party applications and formats, especially popular productivity tools like Google Apps, Microsoft Office and Outlook and proprietary email apps. Also include connector apps that integrate the software to even more apps and APIs that allow developers to integrate their own apps to the software. May also include integration to older versions of the software.
Mobility – rates if the software has a mobile platform and which mobile OS it supports. Attributes to watch include: apps for iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, BlackBerry; mobile browser version; and specific mobile modules.
Ease-of-use – rates the level of difficulty in learning and using the software. Features to watch include: self-help tutorials; quick lookups; dashboard; drag-and-drop tools; intuitive behavior; search and data retrieval; formats and templates; and steps to perform a task.
Help & Support – rates the level of technical and customer support by vendor. Attributes to measure include: live support (chat); tickets; free and freemium support services; knowledge base support (PDF, recorded webinars, forum); and paid support plans.
Security – rates the software’s security infrastructure including the following features: enable/disable data access; password encryption; data backup; and official seals from reputable organizations that vouch for the software’s security.
Media Rating - averages the ratings by major review sites, such as: CNET, Gartner Vendor, MacWorld and PCMag.
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